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Program Title: Residency in Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: William V. Chappell Jr. Veterans Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 551 National Health Care Drive

Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Phone Number: 386-323-7500 x 37756
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Lori Vollmer, O.D.,M.S., FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 04/2003
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an educational experience that will enhance their clinical competency in both primary eye care and ocular disease through a combination of advanced optometric and ophthalmological training in clinical and scholarly activities.

Program Description:

The residents will be required to participate in a structured educational program whose emphasis is on direct patient care. The residents have a rotating schedule through nonVA ophthalmology practices, spending approximately 16-32 hours per month with retinal, corneal, and general ophthalmologists. 

The resident will attend lectures by local ophthalmology practices and local optometric societies (when available), Pearls for Practice lectures at Gainesville VA and UF Health Shands Hospital, and at least 2 VA Optometry Resident Grand Rounds. The resident will participate in Nova Resident’s Day. The resident will be required to attend one optometry conference per program year.

The resident will attend Medical Grand Rounds at Halifax Health Medical Center, which are held biweekly on Friday from 7:30 – 8:30AM, and is conveniently located less than 1 mile from Daytona VA. Halifax Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. On Friday mornings when Medical Grand Rounds are not offered, attending optometrists, residents, or student externs will present PowerPoint lectures. Friday afternoons are reserved for educational activities, which includes a weekly Journal Club in which peer-reviewed journal articles are discussed by student externs, residents, and attending optometrists.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Typical Schedule: The resident will rotate through the following schedule for 1 week, then for the next 2 weeks the resident will have direct patient care at Daytona VA Monday through Friday (while the other residents rotate through this schedule). Then, the cycle repeats.


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM patient care (Dr. Barnard, Florida Retina Institute)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM scholarly activities (DBVA)


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM patient care (Dr. Kennedy, Tomoka Eye Associates)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM scholarly activities (DBVA)


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM patient care (Dr. Lugo, corneal specialist)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM scholarly activities (DBVA)


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM* patient care (Dr. Root, Tomoka Eye Associates)

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM scholarly activities (DBVA)


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Medical Grand Rounds (Halifax Health Medical Center) or 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Educational activity at DBVA (ex: Will’s Eye Hospital

Grand Rounds, PowerPoint presentation by staff optometrist, resident, or student extern)

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM * patient care, including urgent consults (DBVA)

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Journal Club

* When not at nonVA rotations, residents will provide direct patient care at DBVA, including one low vision exam Thursday morning and one Friday afternoon. The resident will be instructed in low vision examination techniques, which will include demonstrations and educational programs presented by low vision vendors.

The PowerPoint presentations given on some Fridays by the optometry resident serve as a practice run in preparation for VA/NOVA Grand Rounds, and are scheduled a few weeks before the resident has an upcoming Grand Rounds lecture to present at. This allows for constructive criticism, and ensuring proper presentation length/timing. Although most presentations are required to be under 20 minutes, the additional time before patient care starts at 9:00 AM allows for the residency director to discuss the presentation face-to-face with the resident.

Requirements for Completion:
Requirements for Completion

1. Attend all clinical assignments with the exception of approved annual leave, sick leave, authorized absence, and administrative leave.

2. Complete the twelve month training program in its entirety.

3. Complete (and submit on time) all didactic and scholarly assignments including:

                a. Professional manuscript that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

                b. All Grand Rounds presentations (Orlando VA Optometry Grand Rounds, Gainesville VA Optometry Grand Rounds, Nova Resident’s Day).

                c. Poster abstract submitted to AAO, AOA, or SECO conferences, including completed poster if abstract is accepted.

                d. Attendance at all Halifax Health Medical Center Medical Grand Rounds.

                e. Attendance at all assigned optometry or ophthalmology lectures.

                f. Participation in weekly Journal Club.

4. Maintain an accurate and up-to-date patient encounter log through Meditrek.

5. Receive satisfactory evaluations from preceptors (includes optometrists and ophthalmologists).

6. Complete faculty and program evaluations when assigned.

7. Treat all patients, faculty, staff, and students respectfully; demonstrate good judgment to safeguard patient well-being and safety. Display exemplary professional and ethical conduct at all times.

8. Do everything possible to ensure patient privacy, including protecting personally identifiable information and maintaining a secure and protected workspace.

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Ruth Hyatt, O.D.
Telephone: 386-323-7500 ext 37756
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:
Ruth Hyatt, O.D., F.A.A.O.                

551 National Health Care Drive

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 323-7500 x 37756

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:
Eligibility Criteria 

1. Candidates must possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited institution or be in their final year of training at such an institution.

2. Candidates must have passed NBEO Part I examination and either have passed NBEO Part II examination or be scheduled to sit for NBEO Part II examination at the time of application.

3. Candidates should have a grade point average greater than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

4. By law, candidates must be citizens of the United States.

5. Candidates must obtain licensure in Florida or another state.

United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: January 31st

Additional Comments

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.